9th and 11th October,
John Wilson; Avocet 3. These birds were
present for several days (they were not seen on the 12th October),
Probably Avocets heading south for Winter. This
will be my last report in 2019! log 378
18th August:- Ian
Hartley; Conder Green, Avocet
seems all Five Avocets are still on The River!
14th August:- P
Conder Creek - 5 Avocet (1 adult, 4 juveniles), so
it seems that the lone Chick I saw yesterday was one
13th August:- Conder
Green; One well grown Avocet young found
resting on the bank of the river Conder at High Tide! there maybe
more Avocets about but they are difficult to see in the long grass!
11th August:- Ian
Hartley; Conder Green; Avocet
4 fledged juveniles flying around creek, plus
one adult. Again the second brood not
seen, I will have to investigate!
4th August:- Ian
Conder Green; Avocet 1 adult and 4 large juveniles.
This does not mean that the pair with One Chick
are not in the area. The single Chick I saw on the first of August was
probably too young to fly! Time will
1st August:- Conder Green; All
on The River Conder, Two
Avocets with One Small Chick near The Stork Hotel on The
River! Two Avocets with Four large, probably
fledged Chicks on The River from the Viewing Platform! These
are the first Chicks I have seen at
this site this year! Well worth
30th July:- P
Conder Creek - 2 pairs of Avocet with 4 and 1 young respectively, I
have not seen an Avocet Chick this year at
Conder Green; Hopefully they will still be there when I make my next
28th July:- Conder Green Ian
5 adults, broods of 3 and 1 on river. It
seems this site is still active!
26th July:- Conder Green Barrie
Avocets - one
pair with two young seen. Second
pair with one small chick. It
seems The Predators Have been Busy, Hopefully
there may be better news on the next visit!!
24th July:- Conder
Green; Pinky, The 4
Avocet chicks in the Creek were seen with their parents. A
further pair of Avocets, plus just 1 chick. were seen in the
Conder River 100 yards from the Bridge. (Likely
to be the missing family
with initially 3. The chick is now 8 days old. I
suspect the very flighty Avocets I saw on the Eighteenth were protecting
the single chick
23rd July:- EM
Complex; John Wilson, Avocet 8. Methinks this is the last
meaningfull sighting for this season! Further Sightings of Mature
and near mature Chicks are likely to be from another Site!
21st July:- Allen
Pool; Four Avocets, one of
which looks like last years young!
21st July:- Ian
Avocet 3 adults with two broods on the river (3
young and at least 1 young in second brood)
20th July:- John Wilson;
EM Complex, Avocet 5. Again no reports of young Avocets, could
be they have flown the site?
18th July:- P
Crooks; Allen Pool: 3 Avocet,
18th July:- Conder Pool; No Avocets seen, however the Three hatchlings
seen by Pinky may still be alive? River Conder; Two
adult Avocets seen, very flighty (they seem to be protecting young, but
no young seen)!
The situation is very confusing, were the Chicks on The River from
17th July:- Pinky;
The 2nd Avocet on the small islands has now had 3 chicks and
her 1 day old hatchlings were in full view immediately in front
the Hide. Hopefully they will move on as the sheep are very close
and could easily trample on them.
16th July:- Pinky, The
2 Parent Avocets with their 4 chicks were
seen again today in the Conder creeks after the tide had emptied. It
appears that another Avocet is still sitting (?) on the furthest
away of the
2 small islands at Brick Croft. She can be
seen through the wire fence if stood on the road itself. There
is no need to view from over the fence, thus putting the bird
to alarm flight, as the grass
banking is now well trodden.
14th July:- Ian
Hartley, Avocet 2 adults with 4 small young on river,
1 adult pool. The Chicks must have been
in an area not viewable from The Road or Canal! However good
news if they survive on The River?
13th July:- John
Wilson, Avocet 16, the Four Young on my previous report
are the important numbers as I believe The
Four Young are the final count for this season!
13th July:- EM
Complex, Allen Pool; Five Avocets and Four
Young, they flew in
from The Middle
12th July:- Conder
Creek; Two Avocets, Conder Pool, One
Avocet. No Avocets were seen
from the Canal side! Only One Nest is being
incubated now, No Chicks
seen! Log 304
8th July:- John
Wilson; EM Complex; Avocet 18
6th July:- EM
Pools; One Avocet on The Allen Pool, One Avocet on
The EM Pool plus Two
well grown Chicks! John Wilson previously
saw Fourteen Avocets!
4th July:- John
Wilson; Avocet 14 including 4 on Allen Pool two of which
were flying juvs. It is looking like the
end this year! If the Chicks can fly I will consider this to
be the final record! It is not clear
whether there have been any Chicks on The Conder Pool?? when
I was there!
3rd July:- K
Harrison; 4 avocets at the Brick Croft end of the pool,
with 2 sitting on the two small islands and 2 in the pool. Looking
the canal towpath there appeared to be one and possibly two more
sitting at the back of one of the islands. I
visited myself today and noted that one of the Adults at the
Brick Croft end was
giving Alarm Calls as though it was defending Eggs/Chicks?
I could see one Nest from The Canal
2nd July:- John
Wilson; Eric Morecambe Complex; Avocet only 7 today but
3 youngsters still there.
Fox on Allen Pool!
30th June:- Ian
Hartley; Conder Green, Avocet 2.
30th June:- John
Wilson; Eric Morecame Complex; Avocet 41.
29th June:- John
Wilson; Avocet 41 all on Far Flood!
27th June:- John
Wilson; Avocet 36 almost all in a small flock. Is
this the end? are the Adults preparing to leave?? Have the Three
26th June:- John
Wilson; Avocet 37 of which 3 were young on Far Flood.
25th June:- Conder
Pool; I visited The Canal Towpath but could not see any
Nests or Avocets! There were Two Nest visible from the
road (Brickcroft End)!
24th June:- John
Wilson; Eric Morecambe Pools;
Avocet 20 adults 3 young on far flood! I
cannot see this Pool, The Sighting of a Young Avocet is welcome
as I have not seen a Chick for some time!
22nd June:- Far
Flood, (from The Train) Three Avocets; Middle
Flood, Three Avocets
(From The EM Hide). EM Pool Two
Avocets and One Nest! Three
Eggs photographed in this Nest (seen on Facebook).
19th June:- K
Harrison; 3 avocets in the
channel to the left of the main island. 3
avocets on nests on a small island at the Brick Croft
the pool. 1 nest viewable from the road
side, the other two from the canal towpath. I missed Three
Nests on The 17th June because I did not go to Canal Towpath!
18th June:- Far
Flood, Four Avocets seen from The Train.
Middle Flood Three
Avocets seen; EM Pool Two Avocets
and One Nest; The EM Nest is the same one I saw on the
Fifth of June! There may be more Avocets/Young but I can only
report what I have seen! log 277
17th June:- Conder
Pool; The Two Avocets seen on The 10th June have now settled
in and have a Nest on a tiny Island! The Nest is very near the
Water level but should be OK unless there is a 10 Metre
5th June:- Far
Flood seen from Train; Four Avocets (could
be more). Mid Flood; Eighteen Avocets seen. EM
Nest and One
Pool; no Avocets and no Nests! This totals Twenty Three Avocets, however trying to count birds from a moving
train is very inaccurate so John's 33 Avocets is probably correct. Also
only part of the Mid Flood is viewable from The EM Hide!
12th June:- John
Wilson; Avocet 33 adults including 21
in a flock on the middle flood. 7
young 5 far flood 2 middle flood. 2 active nests.
10th June:- Conder
Green; Two Avocets on The
Estuary plus Two
Avocets on The
Pool. The Avocets on Conder Pool were on a tiny Island not visible
from The Viewpoint! No Chicks or Nests
The Nests I saw at my last visit no longer exist (did a Ewe/Lamb
them or has there been some Predation)? Large areas of the Pool
are not visible so The Chick situation is uncertatain!
9th June:- P
Crooks; Observers at Leighton Moss this morning reported
that Carrion Crows had been seen predating
Avocet and Black-headed Gull nests on the salt-marsh pools.
9th June:- John Wilson;
Avocet 30 adults could find only 6 young but water levels have
gone up there
is no mud on the Flood. Four
nests in front
of Eric Morecambe have been predated on the near island
along with some gulls . Fox? Now
only two active nests.
7th June:- John
Wilson; Avocet 44 adults but
could only find 5
young! I will attempt to visit Conder Green on The 10th
5th June:- John
Wilson; Avocet, Could only find
7 young today in the wind & rain.
5th June:- EM
Pool; Eighteen Avocets and Five
Nests, Allen Pool; Five Avocets and Two
Nests! No Young seen! Unable
to count The Far Flood but there were Two
Spoonbill on This Pool! There seems to have been a mass
1st June:- P
Crooks; Eric Morecambe Pools (from Crag Road viewpoint)
Avocet (49 adults, 18 small young - at least 6 different
30th May:- John
Wilson; Avocet 52 adults at
young, 10 active nests. Oldest
young now starting to look like Avocets
28th May:- John
Wilson:- Avocet; Allen 6 young,
Middle Flood 9
Flood 11 young! Still
11 active nests of which at least 3 are relays!
28th May:- Conder
Pool and Estuary; A Total of Ten Avocets seen; Five
Nests Found (all
on one of the new Islands)! I saw Three
Avocets on The
River Conder, including a pair with no
27th May:- John
Wilson:- Avocet 8 broods all except two on the Allen
were on The Flood.
26th May:- Ian
Hartley; Conder Pool, Avocet 4 - no sign of any chicks.
Several sheep on the 'island' last week were practically standing
nests. Common Tern 6. Two incubating.
26th May:- John
Wilson; EM Complex; Avocet 6 broods
being brooded 4 on the Far flood, 2 on the middle flood.
Could'nt see how many young as being brooded in heavy rain, many
thanks for your endevours in challenging conditions!
25th May:- The
Far Flood; Six Avocets seen from
The Train; EM Pool and Middle Flood; Fifteen
Four Nests (One New Nest) and Four Chicks which
were all on The Middle Flood! It looks
like the young from the EM Pool have been moved to the Middle
Allen Pool; Thirteen Avocets and Eight
Nests, No Chicks seen! There may
be more Chicks on the Middle Flood but it is difficult viewing
the EM Hide!
23rd May:- John
Wilson; Avocet from Eric Morecambe Hide broods of 4, 3
2X2 and 1, Still 15 Active nests. Apart
from the single Chick these are new hatchings!
21st May:- EM
Complex; Three Avocet on The Far
Flood (From The Train), Eighteen
Avocets on The EM Pool plus Seven
Nests and One Chick! Twenty
Three Avocets on The Allen Pool and Ten
Nests No Chicks seen! The
Chicks surviving number includes Six on the Far Flood, seen by
John Wilson on the 19th!
20th May:- Conder
Green; Only Three Avocet seen on
Conder Pool, The Common Terns are attempting to Nest but they
chosen a site already occupied
by a Gull! The Pool is drying up rapidly
exposing the Chaos Caused by The Digger!
19th May:- John
Wilson; Eric Morecambe Complex, Avocet
3 broods (3,2,1) on far flood. Another nest hatching on
Allen. Still 21 active nests.
19th May:- P
Crooks; Conder Green - 10 Avocet (6
in Conder Creek, 4 at Conder Pool), 3 Common
Tern (on Conder Pool)
18th May:- John
Wilson; Avocet 69 adults, broods of 3
and 1 on far flood! Good news re
the Brood on The Far Flood however I am unable to visit The Viewpont
so I am reliant on other
17th May:- Conder
Pool, Ken Harrison; 3 avocet nests on the back of the
island last Monday - seen from the canal towpath.
17th May:- Conder
Green at High Tide! Nine Avocets
on Conder Pool, Three Definite Pairs who were Courting and
Mating but no Nests Found? About Sixty
Ewes and their Lambs are now in the Conder Pool area!
No Common Terns Seen! log 211
16th May:- John
Wilson; Avocet At least 10 young of
which 4 were on the Eric Morecambe. It seems another Nest
has hatched Young on the EM Pool (the Chick I saw was
not newly Hatched)!
16th May:- EM
Pool; Thirteen Avocets Nine Nests and One
Chick. Allen Pool; Thirty Four
Avocets Fourteen Nests and Five Chicks!
The Flood not counted! There may have been more Chicks Hatched
but I have no means of checking this, however the important thing
is the Surviving Chicks!
11th May:- The
Flood; Eleven Avocets (John Wilson),
EM Pool Nineteen Avocets and Eight Nests,
Allen Pool, Twenty
Nests and Fifty Avocets. I found Two nests with
a total of Four Chicks; One of the
Nests had Two newly hatched Chicks!
10th May:- Conder
Pool; Six Avocets seen
and Two Nests (there could be another Nest). I Suspect it is
Island, not viewable from the viewpoint! The usual Cold
the viewpoint (I did not stay very long)!
10th May:- John
Wilson; Avocet, 2 more nests hatching both
on islands with large numbers of gulls.
8th May:- Michael
H Brewer; Facebook
Link; It was nice to see the newly
hatched Avocet chicks this morning, but if you want to see them
you will have
to go early as all were
eaten by lunchtime by the hundreds of gulls just waiting for
8th May:- John
Wilson; Avocet, only saw two young yesterday as the adults
were brooding on top of the island but today they were feeding
waters edge and they had three
Active nests 25 on Allen and 8 on Eric Morecambe.
7th May:- The
Flood, Two Avocets seen from The
Train; EM Pool, Twelve
Avocets and Eight Nests;
Allen Pool, Fifty
Avocets and Twenty
Five Nests plus Two
newly Hatched Chicks! Log 155
5th May:- John
Wilson; EM Complex; Avocet 30 active nests, the
site seems stable at the moment I must make an effort to visit
5th May:- Conder
Green, Ian Hartley; Avocet 4
4th May:- Conder
Green, Ian Hartley; Avocet 6
2nd May:- Conder
Green, Ian Hartley; Avocet 5
1st May:- John
Wilson; EM Complex, Avocet at least 66 adults 31
EM Pool Sixteen Avocets and Six
Nests; Allen Pool Fifty Avocets and Twenty
28th April:- John
EM Complex, Avocet ca 60; 25 active nests. Ian
Green:- Avocet 6
John Wilson; EM Complex, Avocet 65
Conder Green, Ian Hartley; Avocet 6 on
Conder Green, Ian Hartley; Avocet
April:- EM Pool Eleven Avocets and Two
Nests; Allen Pool Fifty
Avocets and Twenty One Nests!
April:- Paul Daunter, EM Complex; Avocets
62 at least 12 pairs nesting. log
Conder Green, Ian Hartley; Avocet
4, were they on The Pool or the
April:- EM Complex, John Wilson;
April:- Arnside John
Avocet - 2 feeding in a small channel
near the viaduct at 7.15am, Also 4 Avocets flying low down
at high tide, these are rare sighting
Conder Green, Ian Hartley; Avocet 4, it
will be at least a week before investigate this Sighting!
The Far Flood Six Avocets (what
I could see from The Train), EM Pool Two
Allen Pool Fifty
Avocets and Thirteen active
Nests! I could not find Seventy plus Avocets but the Thirteen
Nests are more important! log 124
16th April:- John
EM Complex, Avocet
72! I will attempt to count the Nesting
Birds on the 17th!
16th April Conder
Green; Very few Birds on The Pool, Greenshank and Common Sand
on the River! No Avocets as usual!
Green, Ian Hartley; Avocet 2. It
may be worth another visit??
du Feu, Eric Morecambe Complex; visit
had a minimum of 77 Avocets (two colour ringed
birds). log 116
Avocet 73 three active nests.
Wilson, afternoon visit; Avocet 54
Allen Pool Morning visit Sixty Avocets,
EM Pool Two Avocets, No
12th April:- John
Eric Morecambe Complex; Avocet 54. I aim
to make a visit on the 13th!
11th April:- P
A late morning scan from Crag Road revealed: 59 Avocet - mostly
on Allen Pool. log 113
10 to 11am; EM Pool Two Avocets,
Allen Pool Fifty
Avocets! The Flood not counted, no definite nests on The
Allen Pool as yet.
9th April:- Jeff
Butcher, Allen and EM Pools; 47 avocets, I
will attept a visit on The 10th April! log 107
7th April:- J
Carter; Eric Morecambe Pools (from Crag Road), 56
Avocet (mostly on Allen Pool)!
6th April:- J
Carter; c60 avocets on Morecambe Pools, he
probably had a better view of the Flood than I had!
6th April:- Six
Avocets on The Flood (seen from the Train, there may be
Avocets on The EM Pool plus Forty
Two Avocets on The Allen Pool! One pair seen scraping
for a new Nestsite!
4th April:- Conder
Pool and Estuary; No Avocets seen, I will not visit for at
least a Week unless there are further sightings!log
29th March:- John
Eric Morecambe Complex, Avocet 29. I'm
not sure if these are the same birds seen on the 22nd of March
or are more passing
Conder Pool and Estuary; No Avocets seen! I
did however notice that there are two new Islands on The Pool,
one of which has restricted
the view of one of the Avocets favourite Breeding sites!
11 to 11 30am; Fifteen Avocets on
The Allen Pool, much Mating and Feeding today. The Water levels
are still high!
26th March:- John
Eric Morecambe Pool, Avocet 15. I will attempt a visit myself on
the 27th March! log
24th March:- John
Ian Hartley; Conder Green, Avocet 2
24th March:- P
Eric Morecambe Pools (From Crag Road) - 15
on Flood, 2 on EM Pool, 8 on
Allen Pool), this is an excellent viewpoint; I
would be interested in any reports from this viewpoint as it
to get there without a Car!
Green 10 to 10 30am; Two avocets in the creek nearest the road,
Two Avocets on Conder Pool!
EM Pool 10 to 10 30am; Six Avocets (this was after John Wilson's
count). There were plenty of Waders on
The Pools but none of them were Feeding, Probably because of
the high water levels!
John Wilson; Eric Morecambe Complex.
22nd March:- Redders;
Allen Pool, looks like 29 today.
21st March:- John
Avocet Certainly 23 and probably 25.
Two visits to Conder Pool, No Avocets, perhaps the birds of the
19th were birds of passage. The Pool has
been radically redesigned since my last visit with the aid of
March:- Barrie Cooper, Two
Avocets on Conder Pool this morning. Nine
day earlier than last year!
John Wilson; EM Complex, Avocet
12 to 1pm; Four Avocets on The
Allen Pool. Two Pairs, another single was seen earlier! A few
Pools between the Car Park
and the Hides (no need for Wellies).
15th March:- AN
4 to 6pm, Fifteen Avocets on The Allen Pool.
13th March:- Tom
Eric Morecambe Pools 3 Avocet, a slight increase in numbers! I
will attempt a visit
on the 17th March! Birdtrack Marshside;
Martin Mere; A late afternoon count
of Avocet broke the Martin Mere record and possibly Lancashire/North
West with 141 birds. If or when the Weather
improves Perhaps some of these Avocets may fly to Leighton Moss ????
11 15 to 12 15:- One Avocet on The Allen Pool (sheltering from
the Cold Wind), it later flew
to the EM Pool. Where have all the Avocets gone?
10th March:- Richard
10 Avocet in front of Allen hide. John Wilson saw
9 at another time. I will try again tomorrow if it ever stops raining!
8th March:- 10am,
Eric Morecambe Pool; One Avocet! The Water levels seem to be
falling which should be good for Waders!
6th March:- John
Wilson; Eric Morecambe Pool, Avocet 6
5th March:- Jeff
Butcher; Morecambe & Allen hides - 6 avocets!
4th March:- I
visited Warton Crag Quarry instead. See Link
2nd March:- John
Eric Morecambe Pools Avocet 6.
28th February:- Redders;
Avocet 5, 28 Feb Allen pool, there is a
photo which confirms it was a Misty day! I did not go as
the Mist/Fog persisted all day!
27th February:- John
Eric Morecambe Complex Avocet 4,
26th February:- 11.20am
Allen Pool; Nine Avocets.
An hour later the numbers were down to Three!
24th February:- John
Eric Morecambe Avocet 1, hopefully there may be significant numbers
23rd February:- Jeff
Morning at Morecambe hide, no sign of Avocets.
10.30 Metre Tide today, The Saltmarsh will
I did visit today but was unable to find any Avocet on The EM
18th February:- John
Avocet 2 far flood.
John Wilson; EM Pools, No Avocet at least in the morning!
16th February:- 10am;
Five Avocets on The Far Flood,
viewed from The EM Hide! The Far Flood
is the only Pool with a low enough water level to allow Waders
Redders; One reported on Allen pool
One seen on far flood Eric Morecambe probably the same bird. One
day later than 2018!
2018/ 003 2019